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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Eric Karonen, Feb 8, 2006.
Slow day at work .... can anyone offer up something better than the Wikipedia explanation?
I bet George Carlin has something to say about it.
Where did this name for round circles of dye on clothing originate? And what, if anything, does it have to do with the dance of the same name?
In the 1840s, the polka was sweeping America. It was the latest dance craze, like the Charleston of the 1920s or the Macarena of a few summers ago. In an effort to cash in on the fad, manufacturers began naming all sorts of thing polka. Polka gauze, polka hats, polka curtain bands and many other products with the polka name hit the market in the 1840s. Although, the actual term polka dot is not attested to until 1866. Of these, only polka dots survive today.
The term polka dot first appears in the New York Times on 21 Sep 1866: "It is effectively trimmed with anumber of rows of silk galloon of the same shade, with black or white brocaded polka dots."
There are two possible origins for the word polka. It could come from the Czech pulka, or half-step, Pul meaning half. Or, it could be a combination of the polonaise and mazurka.
(Sources: Oxford English Dictionary Online, Proquest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times)
To prevent it from being confused with the rumba dot. Or the polka rhombus.
Or sumpin' like that.
I think it's because,
A country dance was being held in a garden. I felt a bump, and an "oh, beg your pardon".....
Good one sticko
Pullin' out that old chestnut.
ask these guys maybe they know....
you ask 'em, i'll give you a dollar.
i always figured polka dots were what you saw if you polkaed long enough.
Were dots placed on the floor of a recital (or other room) used for the purposes of instruction in polka dancing. The dots, arranged in particular patterns, showed the dance students where to stand and where to move next- indicated by the size and number of dots stuck to the floor.
Legend has it that Larry "Legs" Lenglidfiddit, a polka instructor, once "loosened up" some of his students by supplying them with alcohol prior to an evenings instruction. The students imbibed too much, and a frenzied session ensued, during which some students removed the sticky dots from the floor and began to stick them on various parts of each others bodies / clothing. Hence, polka dot garb was born.
Brian (B.S. in BS)